Welcome to the Lakewood Ranch Community Emergency Response Team
Lakewood Ranch CERT, established in 2006 under a special Department of Homeland Security and FEMA program, is a volunteer organization of neighbors who receive special training to provide search and rescue, first aid and radio communications support in response to disasters and emergencies when professional responders may not be able to reach everyone as soon as help is needed. We are part of the Manatee County, Florida disaster response system and are located in and serve the residents of Lakewood Ranch, Florida, midway between Bradenton and Sarasota on Southwest Florida's Gulf Coast.
Disaster support provided by our CERT teams –
- Conducting house-by-house search and rescue in the neighborhoods.
- Providing first aid and evacuating the injured.
- Reporting the nature and severity of injuries to the County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for dispatch of emergency services.
- Assessing flooding, accessibility of neighborhood streets, gas leaks and fire and relaying this information to the County EOC for action.
- Assisting police, fire and Emergency Medical Services when they arrive on the scene.
There are currently over 200 active and reserve CERT volunteers, organized into 28 neighborhood teams within the Lakewood Ranch community.
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Check this web site often for disaster information and preparedness resources. (See the sidebar on the right for more that is available on the web site.)
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November 2012 CERT course participants and instructors from East Manatee Fire Rescue (click here to read more)